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Date:  Sun, 9 May 1999 09:32:37 +0900
From: Michael Kepinski
To: Multiple recipients of NETSOURCE-L <netsource-l@mail.think.service>
Subject:  [NS] Some religious perspectives on the war in Yugolavia

Some Religious Perspectives on the War in Yugoslavia
From: "institute@igc.org" <institute@igc.org>
Date: 8 May 1999 05:37:48 GMT

Institute for Public Accuracy
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Thursday, May 6, 1999


REV. DR. JOAN B. CAMPBELL, news@ncccusa.org, www.ncccusa.org
General secretary of the National Council of Churches, Campbell was
co-leader with the Rev. Jesse Jackson of the recent U.S. religious
leaders' mission to Belgrade, which culminated in their winning the
release of the three captured American soldiers. "The National
Council of Churches is a faith-based community that reaches out across
boundaries of state and creed -- even when our nations are at war,"
she says. "That is why I went to Belgrade along with my fellow
Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders from the United States. In
our time there with our Yugoslav counterparts, who had invited us, we
struggled together to define positive options for peace. We were ecstatic
to achieve the release of the three American soldiers. But our joy is
framed against the reality of violence being suffered by the people of
Yugoslavia -- including the thousands of refugees from Kosovo and the
civilian Serbs losing life and livelihood from the NATO bombing. There is
no easy solution to the conflict, but I believe there are steps we can and
must take in the hope that they might bring an end to the violence. As our
delegation noted, Bombing and more war cannot bring peace.' An eye for an
eye and a tooth for a tooth' brings mutual blindness and

WILSON RILES Jr., wriles@afsc.org, http://www.afsc.org
Pacific Regional Director for the American Friends Service Committee,
Riles said: "Dr. Martin Luther King once said that the bombs we are
dropping in Vietnam are exploding in our ghettos. If ground troops are
sent into Yugoslavia, poor boys of color will be, as we have seen
historically, disproportionately represented in the frontlines. In
addition, urban poor communities will suffer disproportionately as federal
resources dry up and funds are shifted to the already bloated military
budget... None of that takes into account the insane ratcheting-up of the
culture of violence and vengeance which adds to the turmoil of personal
tragedy on our streets caused by the false legitimization of violence as a
solution to anything."

CLAYTON RAMEY, disarm@forusa.org, http://www.forusa.org
Coordinatorof the Fellowship of Reconciliation's National Disarmament
Program, Ramey said: "NATO, a relic of the Cold War, has been recast
as a violent instrument of Western foreign policy, and not as a defensive
alliance. Far from bringing relief to the Albanian Kosovars, the NATO
bombing of Serbia will only fill more mass graves with Muslims and
Christians alike. In practical political terms, this military violence,
already responsible for the deaths of so many Serbs and Kosovars, will
only serve to harden the anti-NATO resistance and fan the flames of even
more extreme ethnic hatred in the region. There is no such thing as
'humanitarian' bombing. There is no such thing as a war that does not
slaughter innocent non-combatants."

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:

Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; David Zupan, (541) 484-9167

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